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Psy’s “Gangnam Style” Hits 5 Billion Views on YouTube

K-pop Sensation's Iconic Video Achieves Landmark 11 Years After Release
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Psy’s global phenomenon, “Gangnam Style,” has officially crossed the 5 billion views mark on YouTube, cementing its status as a cultural touchstone more than a decade after its release. The K-pop hit, which took the world by storm in the summer of 2012, made history as the first video to reach 1 billion views on YouTube in December 2012.

The music video’s success extended beyond its initial viral moment, securing the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart and peaking at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. “Gangnam Style” maintained its impact, finishing at No. 1 on Billboard’s year-end World Digital Song Sales chart for both 2012 and 2013. In 2019, it was recognized as one of Billboard staff’s Songs That Defined the Decade.

Psy, reflecting on the enduring success of “Gangnam Style” in a 2017 interview, admitted to the mystery behind its international viral status. He expressed the challenge of replicating its success intentionally and emphasized the importance of creating music organically.

Currently ranked as the 11th most-viewed video on YouTube, “Gangnam Style” holds a significant place in the platform’s history. Psy’s iconic dance moves and catchy tune have left an indelible mark, contributing to the song’s continued popularity and influence across the globe.

Revisit the “Gangnam Style” video below:

December 30, 2023

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